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Harold Ordway Charged With Murder

Posted at 5:07 PM, May 14, 2013

ordwayGRAND RAPIDS,Mich. — The Barry County Prosecutor’ s Office has charged Harold James Ordway with one count of Open Murder, Felony Firearm and Habitual Offender- Second Offense in connection with the shooting death of Paul Frederic Achley in September of 2011.

Ordway, 43, has been in custody ever since September of 2011 when he crashed his pick-up truck in Allegan County. A bloody mattress and rifle were found inside, along with other evidence.

Since Ordway was a convicted felon from an assault charge in New Mexico stemming from 2007, he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A crime he pleaded guilty to.

Prosecutors argue that Ordway is  responsible for the deaths of his former roommates.

Paul Atchley, 53, and 38-year-old Michael VanBurskirk from Battle Creek both were reported missing shortly after Ordway’s crash.

VanBurskirk’s remains turned up on a farm.  Police also matched the blood in Ordway’s truck to Paul Atchley.
 According to federal documents, police also found a red baseball hat matching the one worn by Atchley and a leather wallet containing Atchley’s photo identification inside Ordway’s pick-up.